Malia Obama has been a favorite target of racist right-wingers on Twitter for many years. Fox News, in fact, had to shut down the comment section on the story of Malia’s acceptance to Harvard University due to the outpouring of racist sentiment from their viewers.
While Malia Obama has spent her time at Harvard doing things that teenagers do — dating boys, going to concerts, and just being a young girl — sites like The Daily Caller and Gateway Pundit have followed her and recorded her every move as some kind of proof that young black people are incorrigible, dangerous, privileged thugs. Their readers fully agree (big surprise).
Despite the fact that Malia has never run for public office, never chose to be in the public spotlight as her father ran for the presidency when she was all of 10 years old, and has never courted the paparazzi that follows her everywhere, she is a favorite whipping girl for racist, alt-right, Trump supporters. While they whine and complain about all of the unfair press against their president (who has very much courted the spotlight throughout his adulthood), they hold Malia up as a representative of black teens and millennials in general, both groups they have specific vitriol against.
Ivanka Trump, who is sitting in a position of power as an adult child in the White House, spoke out against the endless attacks on Malia when a video of the young teen blowing smoke rings began circulating on the internet.
Despite all the talk since Trump announced his bid for the presidency and his public appearances on the campaign trail with his family about the beauty and perfection of a tall, blonde, white first daughter, they lost their collective minds over her support and defense of Malia. Citing attacks on Barron Trump, which have been rare and quickly shut down by everyone on the left with a sense of decency, Trump’s voters see Malia as fair game while Trump’s children are not.
Even Chelsea Clinton spoke out on Twitter against any criticism of the youngest Trump family member.
Chelsea Clinton and Trump’s supporters are both correct: Barron Trump deserves no criticism and should be off-limits for attacks by detractors of his father’s. That never stopped them from bashing Obama’s children during his presidency, though. A communications director for Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher, Elizabeth Lauten, once attacked both girls, ages 13 and 16 at the time, for wearing dresses she disapproved of and not smiling enough during a long turkey pardoning ceremony.
In a post on Facebook, Lauten wrote:
‘Dear Sasha and Malia: I get you’re both in those awful teen years, but you’re a part of the First Family, try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Then again, your mother and father don’t respect their positions very much, or the nation for that matter,” she added. “So I’m guessing you’re coming up a little short in the ‘good role model’ department…dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised, public events.’